Editorial Illustration: Create a Visual Narrative

A course by Laura Wächter
Illustrator. Málaga, Spain.
Joined December 2009
, Illustrator

Transform texts into meaningful images with Procreate and Photoshop

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 517 students

Transform texts into meaningful images with Procreate and Photoshop

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 517 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (2h 14m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

How do you tackle a blank page? Illustrator Laura Wächter's approach uses text as a building block to create thought-provoking images. Laura specializes in the publishing sector and has gradually developed her own style that combines the gentle touch of pastel colors with contrasting black and white details that reflect the irony of everyday life.

In this course, learn how to create editorial illustrations with Procreate and Photoshop. Using a text as your source, create a visual narrative with carefully selected colors, thoughtful composition, and expressive details. By the end of this course, you'll have the power to transform texts into meaningful images through illustration.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Basics: Important Concepts
  • U3
    U3. The Illustration: From the Sketch to the Final Image
  • U4
    U4. Final Arts and Social Networks
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know Laura Wächter on both a personal and a professional level. She tells you about the illustrated books that inspired her as a child and shows you some of the artists that have influenced her work in recent years.

Before you start drawing, explore key concepts on how to approach your editorial illustration. Learn how to use the different tools and features available in Procreate and then dive into the technical aspects of visual narration. Discover the importance of color, composition, a character's body language, and all the other important factors you should keep in mind before you get to work. Finally, learn how to read, understand, and analyze a text.

Now it's time to start working on your project. Sketch an outline for your idea and search for reference images to help you decide on what details you want to include. Once you have well-defined shapes, Laura teaches you how to add color and explains what elements require special attention. She also shows you how to put the finishing touches on your work by sharing her own process.

Lastly, export your project from Procreate into Photoshop to conserve all the layers and features and prepare the files for printing. Laura wraps up the course by giving you some tips on how to share your illustrations on social media and how to curate your Instagram feed to make it coherent and engaging.

What is this course's project?

Create a visual narrative based on a text with carefully selected colors, thoughtful composition, and expressive details.

Who is it for?

Illustrators and anyone interested in learning how to transform texts into images.

What you need

All you need for this course is an iPad with Procreate and a computer with Photoshop.


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Laura Wächter

A course by Laura Wächter


Laura Wächter is an illustrator specializing in the publishing sector who has created a curious universe where bright pastels coexist with contrasting black and white details that represent the harshness or irony of different situations experienced in day-to-day life. Although they appear light-hearted, her illustrations convey complex emotions that are often difficult to explain with words.

Her work is regularly featured in El País Semanal, Salto Diario, and Fundación Telefónica, among others. Throughout her career, she has also been recognized for her work on numerous occasions, including the INJUVE award in 2009, a nomination for the sixth Ibero-American Illustration Contest in 2015, and an award in the Book Cover Category at the 2020 World Illustration Awards.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    The Basics: Important Concepts

    • Knowing the Basics of Procreate
    • How the Pictures Speak
    • The Character: Gestures and Body Expression
    • Color and Composition
    • Before I Start to Draw
    • Address the Text
  • U3

    The Illustration: From the Sketch to the Final Image

    • The sketch
    • Define the Line
    • Polish the Color
    • Add the Final Details
  • U4

    Final Arts and Social Networks

    • Go to Photoshop and Prepare the Files
    • Prepare the Project for Social Networks
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Editorial Illustration: Create a Visual Narrative

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Editorial Illustration: Create a Visual Narrative. A Illustration course by Laura Wächter

Editorial Illustration: Create a Visual Narrative

A course by Laura Wächter
Illustrator. Málaga, Spain.
Joined December 2009
  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 517 students